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Areas in The Pit

Bedrock 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bulldog, The 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Far Right, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Guides Tower, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mall Wall 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Mojo Spire 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nose Rock 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Oven, The 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Pulse Roof 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Shooting Gallery, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Son Tower, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Swiss Tower 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Upper Tier 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Way Gone Wall 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
White Wall, The 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
\ Hashtag \ Wall, The 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

Description

The Pit, once known as Le Petit Verdon, with its pocketed white Kaibab limestone, was Arizona's first foray into the realm of sport climbing in the mid to late 1980's. Today, it's northern Arizona's prime sport area. Well, if by prime one means most convenient for Flagstaff locals.

 It's a popular area that offers average quality climbing on average quality limestone, but is nice for an afternoon workout and certainly beats the gym. The area is pleasant and climbable year-round. Routes are well bolted, generally short, and distinctively pocketed and edgy in style.

 
Kevin sending Sling Fest

Getting There

Drive south of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road. The new Pit and Sandys Canyon Trail head is located just west on Lake Mary Rd. from the old parking area at Canyon Vista Campground. When driving out Lake Mary Rd. look for the dirt road just after the Hecketthorn neighborhood.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 116
Sunshine Daydream
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 95
Pleasant Dreams
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 111
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement)
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 328
Mr. Slate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 80
Barney Rubble
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 127
Sporte
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 176
Popeye Meets The Burrito Master
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 86
Mordor
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 164
True Value
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 156
The Abyss
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 68
Fruit Bowl
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 53
Shark Bait
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 54
The Energizer (aka Aerial Vermin)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 70
Purple Shark
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 62
The Joker
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Daydream Son Tower
 116
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Pleasant Dreams Son Tower
 95
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) Son Tower
 111
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Mr. Slate Swiss Tower
 328
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Barney Rubble Bedrock
 80
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sporte White Wall
 127
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Popeye Meets The Burrito Ma… Mall Wall
 176
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mordor White Wall
 86
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
True Value Swiss Tower
 164
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Abyss Swiss Tower
 156
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fruit Bowl White Wall
 68
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Shark Bait Swiss Tower
 53
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Energizer (aka Aerial V… Way Gone Wall
 54
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
Purple Shark Swiss Tower
 70
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Joker White Wall
 62
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Ladd    
The Pit is an awesome cold weather crag, a destination in the Flagstaff area. Jun 1, 2007
Ladd    
John McMullen
El Portal, CA
John McMullen   El Portal, CA
Most of the routes we put up at The Pit were climbed in the winter when we didn't want to drive south, or go out of state. "The Oven" was a favorite hang on days when it especially cold, and that is how it got it's name.
Locals climbed at The Pit for almost two years before we let the cat out of the bag. This was based on a vote at Alpine Pizza of course.

I can remember climbing on the Gone Wall one day and getting a cactus needle stuck in my arm. At the base, I pulled out the needle and it had gone into my brachial artery. Jets of blood sperted out of my arm every time my heart beat. My partner that day, Paul B almost passed out looking ... so I teased him by slapping my hand over it every once in awhile to stop-start it. It was hilarious. Left a huge puddle of blood (although that was many, many years ago)! Funny stuff! Apr 23, 2009
Hey. Cool that John M. has jumped in. Apr 24, 2009
New 1/2" Anchors for The Twister and Dee-Lite on the Upper Tier.

A block with Anchors for some Upper Tier climbs (Dee-Lite & The Twister) had fallen sometime Nov. 2010.

There is a piece with a bolt at the bottom of The Twister. Jun 30, 2011

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